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Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

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Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

We finally realized we need to be able to make phone calls within countries that we travel in (this resulted from standing around for a pay phone after a flight was cancelled). Duh, huh?

Anyway, what we want is a cell phone (not ours, not with our number) that will work in Germany and other GSM countries. We do NOT want to make/receive calls to/from the USA on this phone. We want a German number (so it's a local incoming call there) and want to use it to make ONLY local calls in Germany.

Verizon does not seem to offer what we want. Most "international phones" have US/UK numbers.

I came across a National Geographic affiliated company that offers a $109 unblocked quad band phone and sells German, Austrlian, etc. sim cards for about $59 each, some time included. One issue is that I'd have to replenish or buy a sim card at least yearly to keep the phone active. That does not seem a problem but it would be nice to just have an unlocked phone and a source of sim cards that I understood how to use and replenish!

Any other suggestions? Don't expect to make a lot of calls but nice to have the security to call airline, etc.

Also, I have often seen sim card promotions right in the airports but am unsure of which are legit and how one replenishes the time for those.

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13. Re: Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

The experiences I've had with voice with Blauworld have been fine. I was at a conference in the village of Schney, in the middle of nowhere in northern Bavaria, and coverage was excellent. It was also excellent in the village of Reit im Winkl in the Alps on the Austrian border.

I've never used them for data, though.

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I also would recommend against using any E-Plus carrier including Blauworld.

Tip: get a Vodafone "Call-ya" prepaid SIM card. They have a deal in which you can call while outside Germany using a Vodafone-owned carrier for the same price you would pay in Germany. And the coverage and quality are first-rate. You can get a Call-Ya card at any Vodafone shop. Buy an UNLOCKED cellphone at a discount electronics store such as Saturn or MediaMarkt for about €20. (The cheapest phones there are usually SIM-locked to a carrier.) Any GSM tri- or quad-band phone will work in any country where GSM is used. There are no phones that will "only work in Germany."

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15. Re: Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

I would just buy a Call-Ya phone and card package at the first Vodafone shop you encounter. The phone is locked to Vodafone, but that's not that big a deal if you are calling in-country. That way they will set up the phone for you and you will be confident it works. I did that in Neustadt a.d. Weinstraße when I was touring Germany in 2007 - back then it cost about €25 and came with enough credit that I never did have to recharge the card. Worked everywhere I went, no hassles. I actually still have the phone and plan on giving it to my son when he goes to Germany this summer - I'm assuming he can just buy a new card for it or maybe even recharge the old one.

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16. Re: Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

Thanks, everyone! Because we'll have a couple of overseas trips this year, I have ordered an unlocked quad-band phone from Amazon for about $35 and will get the SIM cards at the first Vodafone shop I run across, hopefully at the airport. I'll do the same thing (or similar) in other countries.

Your inputs helped me understand my options and are much appreciated.

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17. Re: Rent/buy mobile phone for use in Germany--HELP!

Many people have that problem. There is a company I came across when I googled for a solution.

They offer a complete solution that you get before you leave for the vacation. the site is www.travel-n-call.com

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i am in interested on apple iphone 5s an macbook pro.

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